Shamus Awards: call for submissions

Sandra Scoppettone, who’s on the judging committee for the Best First Novel award that will be given out by the Private Eye Writers of America, has sent a missive around to several mailing lists asking for more submissions. The deadline is May 1, and so far, the committee has only received nine entries for consideration. So if you qualify, then either submit the book yourself or ask your publisher to do so.

The guidelines read as follows: “Eligible works must feature as a main character a person PAID for investigative work but NOT employed for that work by a unit of government. These include traditionally licensed private investigators; lawyers and reporters who do their own investigations; and others who function as hired private agents. These do NOT include law enforcement officers, other government employees or amateur, uncompensated sleuths.”